Han Solo going solo! Walt Disney Studios announced some big news on Tuesday, July 7: They're working on a Han Solo-centric Star Wars spinoff, due out in theaters on May 25, 2018.
The film — set to be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, the team behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street — will focus on Han Solo's backstory. According to a press release about the news, the script details "how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley."
Played in the original Star Wars trilogy by Harrison Ford, Han Solo made his first appearance in 1977's Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and was later featured in 1980's Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and 1983's Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. He's set to return to the big screen in J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, due out in December of this year.
"This is the first film we've worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with," Miller and Lord said in a statement about the Han Solo-focused anthology film. "We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us."
They added: "This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you're late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you've loved since before you can remember having dreams at all."
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